I'm glad to see so many prospective students intending to attend Case this fall. I'm one day away from the end of my 1L year, and I am pretty excited to end such an interesting and exciting year at Case. 1L year is pretty work intensive and nerve wracking to say the least. Dean Mitchell has done an excellent job of fundraising (hence more money for the incoming class) and improving faculty morale. Since Case is running on all cylinders now, I hope to see Case rise in the rankings.
For all the prospective 1L students, Case is in a good location. Case is the second best law school in Ohio after Ohio State. You can attend American University in DC, a first tier school, but competition in DC is fierce. You will have to compete with Georgetown, GW students as well as students from the top 14 schools looking to work in DC. Take a look at your competition and peer schools in the area before you commit to a school. Even attending American University in DC is a bad choice given the level of competition. I had to choose between AU and Case for law school. I chose Case because of its generous scholarship and reputation as the 2nd best school in Ohio.
I can't say that Case is worth sticker price, few schools outside the top 14 are worth sticker. For what I'm paying at Case, I really think that I'm getting a good deal in terms of academics and opportunities. I think all of you will too.
As much as a like Case, I hope you aren't hoping to work in D.C. I mean if you're set on working in Ohio or the Upper-MidWest then I agree that you chose well. But I mean if you're looking for more mobility or the opportunity to work in D.C. then I would have gone with American.
I mean it all depends on what you want. If you just want a well paying job and don't mind working in OH, then yeah Case is great. It has to compete with Cincinatti as well, don't forget that law school.
Yeah, but Cinci covers more of the southern region whereas Case covers the north. They're practically different universes.
UC places most of its graduates in the greater Hamilton-Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, as well as to some extent Columbus and Dayton markets. Other those locations, UC has pretty low mobility. Case has, I would argue, better mobility because Case graduates are all over the state, and Case graduates for some reason do better in NYC market than OSU grads.
To the poster talking about working in DC, unless you end up at the top of your class, Case won't break you into the DC market. Even American these days is having a rough time competing with all the other DC feeder schools. I feel like the rule of thumb with the DC, Chicago, and to a lesser extent NYC markets is that you either need to do reasonably well at a higher ranked school (Georgetown, University of Chicago, Columbia respectively), or do really well at a mid-ranked school (American, Loyal/Kent, and Brooklyn) to have a good chance at employment post-graduation in these markets.